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McCullough Robertson appoints 2 female partners

Independent law firm McCullough Robertson has appointed two new female partners, in a move the firm said further advances its commitment to women in leadership ahead of its centenary in 2026.

user iconLauren Croft 12 February 2024 Big Law
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McCullough Robertson Lawyers has appointed two new partners: Natalie Kurdian as a partner in the corporate team and Kate Peterson as a partner in the employment relations and safety team, both based in Sydney.

Ms Kurdian joins McCullough Robertson from PwC in Sydney, where she spent nine years as a partner. She brings with her a strong track record in cross-border and domestic merger and acquisition, funds management and financial services law – and has broad industry experience in a variety of sectors in her corporate M&A and corporate advisory work supporting a range of clients from institutional funds and sovereign wealth clients to large multinationals, private clients and family offices.

Ms Peterson joins the firm from employment law and workplace investigation specialist firm Workdynamic Australia, where she has been a key director driving growth since 2016. She has particular expertise in sensitive, complex and high-profile investigations.


McCullough Robertson chair of partners Kristan Conlon welcomed the two new partners, whom she said were part of the firm’s commitment to promoting women in leadership.

“I am delighted to welcome Natalie and Kate to the partnership as we continue to expand our Sydney offering and advance our commitment to promoting women in leadership,” she said.

“Since 1926 we have prided ourselves on being approachable experts who relate to and support our clients and our people, always. I know Kate and Natalie will be a great cultural fit and excellent role models, and I am looking forward to collaborating with them both.”

McCullough Robertson joint managing partner Guy Humble added that the additions to the partnership built on an already expanding Sydney team.

“These appointments are extremely exciting for our Sydney office and build on the recent additions of Stephen Iu, Nathan Roberts and Chris Barr to the Sydney partnership,” he said.

“The ongoing growth of our Sydney office is integral to the future of McCullough Robertson as we adapt to and support our clients in a world of constant change.”